WDCSA Newsletter – July 2010

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, July 11 5 pm
Washington, D.C.

The book group will meet at Alison Westfall’s home on Capitol Hill to discuss
Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. For information, e-mail

2nd Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, July 15 7:15- 9:30 pm
Potomac River Cruise
Departing Washington Harbour, Georgetown

Join fellow Stanford alums for a happy hour cruise and evening boat tour of
DC’s monuments! Your ticket is all-inclusive: a premium open bar, catered
happy hour food, a cruise along the Potomac, and up to 120 new Stanford
friends to meet.

This was one of our MOST POPULAR events last year, so reserve early. Be
ready to enjoy the cool breezes and meet new people in a casual environment.
We will have a private 2-hour tour on the Miss Mallory, with the Potomac
Riverboat Company: www.potomacriverboatco.com/miss-mallory.php. Some
pics from last year’s event can be found in the event spotlight here:

Spaces are limited. Reserve via the Stanford Alumni Association website at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event6736reg. The cost is $40 for WDCSA
members and their guests, as well as for Young Alumni (’06-’10), $50 for nonmembers
and their guests. Not sure if you’re a WDCSA member? Check at
www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp. See Who’s Coming at http://

Washington Harbour is located in Georgetown at 31st and K Streets, NW,
across from the Riverside Grille on the dock. Please arrive promptly at 7:15, as
the boat will sail shortly thereafter with or without ticket holders. In the event
of cancellation for bad weather, we will notify ticket holders and reschedule for
later in the summer (refunds are not available).

Any questions? Email Steven Kelts, Ph.D. ’02 at kelts@gwu.edu. For
communication on the day of the event, you can call Steven at 202-365-9342.

Charles HokansonJULY 2010

Charles, AB ’93 and AM ’93, has been a
highly involved alumni leader for Stanford
since he first moved to Washington, D.C. in
1993. In addition to being Past President
of the WDCSA, he also served as President
of the Boston Stanford Association (now
the Stanford Club of New England) as well
as a Governor of the Stanford Associates.
A recipient of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel
Award for Outstanding Contributions to
Undergraduate Education, the James W.
Lyons Award for Service, a Stanford Alumni
Association Book Award, and a Stanford
Associates Outstanding Achievement
Award, Charles has organized dozens of
large and small alumni events over the
years. He co-chaired his 10th Stanford reunion, and mentored a generation of Stanford students and young
alumni interested in careers in law and education policy. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in History and American
Studies, he also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy degree from the John F.
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Trained as a historian, public policy leader, and lawyer,
Charles has spent the last decade focused on reforming our nation’s K-12 education system, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the George W. Bush Administration,
as President of two national non-profits promoting the school choice movement, as a think tank scholar, and
as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill. Currently he is President and CEO of Hokanson Consulting
Group LLC, a public policy and political consulting firm based in Arlington. Having served on the WDCSA
board for over 13 years, Charles advises rising leaders in the D.C. Stanford alumni community. One of his
favorite Stanford alumni memories is performing on the piano at several WDCSA holiday parties, as well as at
the U.S. Supreme Court for the Stanford in Washington campus’s 15th Anniversary celebration.

Ivy Singles Happy Hour
Friday, July 23 6-8:30 pm
Aria Trattoria
13th St and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

The Yale Club of Washington D.C. will host the Ivy
Singles Social Club Happy Hour. Meet alumni and
enjoy the renovated Aria Trattoria and its outdoor
covered Fresco bar and nightly live music.

Formerly, "Jordan’s", Aria Trattoria is now popular
several nights a week. We will have hors d’oeuvres
and a cash bar with happy hour prices.

Please mail $20 by check payable to the "YCWDC"
or “Yale Club of Washington DC” with your school
to Robert Cole, 5008 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD
20816. Checks need to be received by Wed, July 21st.
Please note your school on the memo line of the
check. Proceeds from the event are donated to
participating schools based on attendance. Register
online here: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ycwd&formId=83962.
Email reservations and walk-ins:

$30 at the door. E-mail reservations to Robert at Yaleclubdc@aol.com with Ivy Aria Happy Hour in the
subject line. Walk-ins are welcome, however
advance reservations are strongly encouraged as
space is limited.

Washington Freedom Soccer Game
Saturday, July 24 7 pm
Germantown Soccerplex
18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds, Md.

The Cardinal are coming to town! The Washington
Freedom will host the Bay Area Gold Pride in one of
the featured match ups of the season. Two of the
best women soccer players in the world, Abby
Wambach and Marta, will be dueling it out at the
Germantown Soccerplex. But more importantly, the
match will unite five of Stanford’s star soccer players
including Hermann Trophy winner Kelley O’Hara ’10,
Ali Riley ’10, Marissa Abegg ’09, Rachel Buehler ’07,
and Nicole Barnhart ’05 who will be happy to sign
autographs after the match. It’s a perfect
opportunity to gather the Stanford faithful and
support professional women athletes.

Ticket price is $15.
The link to order your own tickets is :
http://wf1.glitnirticketing.com/wfticket/web/logingroup1.php?refresh=1274108924 Password – stanfordsoccer.

When you arrive at the stadium look for the
Stanford banner and join us! From I-270 take exit
118 South towards Germantown. In 2.8 miles turn
right on Richter Farm Road and then in 1 mile turn
left on Schaeffer Road. The Soccerplex will be on
the right.

Contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net or 301-229-4427 for more information.


Please take a look at the new home page for the Washington, DC Stanford Association at
. We are proud to unveil many new features timed with the launch of the
new Stanford Alumni Association web site.

Quick and easy SEARCH functionality of all WDCSA members. Basic search allows you to find DCarea
alumni by name, class year, degree or school. The advanced search digs deeper into professional
information, student activities and residences, interests and social networks. All the information is
driven by what you decide to make public in your SAA profile.

DISCUSSION BOARD. Share insight, pose questions or just take a look at what others have to say.
Even share your feedback on the new web site! And if you subscribe, you can choose to receive emails
at a frequency you control to stay up-to-date on new posts.

BLOG. Currently the WDCSA blog profiles one WDCSA member each month. You can view all the
2010 member profiles now. And check back each month to learn about another WDCSA member.

PHOTO GALLERY. Take a look at photos from recent WDCSA events. You may add your own as well!

This functionality is just the beginning. There is more to come including enhanced event registration,
expansion of WDCSA into social media web sites and greater coordination between WDCSA and
other DC-area Stanford Alumni groups. Don’t forget to answer the poll question on the home page and
get your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you!

Kayaking Brewery Tour
Saturday, July 31 10 – 4:30 pm
Monocacy River
Frederick, Md.

Enjoy a low-impact ½ day of kayaking followed by a
visit to one of Frederick’s homegrown micro
breweries! The Monocacy River welcomes you, even
if you have not spent time in a kayak before the trip.
We will pass lush farm fields, wooded bluffs and
views of the Catoctin Mountains. Risa Shimoda ’77,
veteran kayaker and seven-time member of the US
Freestyle Kayak Team, will offer paddling tips along
the way.

When we’re back on shore we’ll drive to Barley and
Hops Microbrewery for a tour through the working
brewery and sample their fine fare that should serve
as a light dinner.

Cost: $84.50 includes: canoe or kayak rental and
related equipment, guide, beer tasting, parking, and
tax. Tips for the guide(s) and bartender are
appreciated, but not expected. Please bring a bag
lunch in a waterproof container to enjoy on our trip.
A box picnic lunch can be provided for an additional
$8/person, if ordered in advance. Note: designated
drivers will receive a discount! For more trip details,
including directions to the meeting location and
advice on what to wear, visit www.rivertrail.com/

To make your reservation, call River & Trail
Outfitters directly and let them know you’ll be part
of the WDCSA (Stanford alumni) group.
1-888-446-7529. Contact Kevin Coyne at
kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org or (703) 517-9082
for more information.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, July 31- Sunday, Aug 8
16th & Kennedy, NW
Washington D.C.

The 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic is an ATP World
Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20
men’s tournaments in the world. WDCSA has 6
premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all
sessions. Our seats are in the same location as in
recent years – very close to the court. (Premium box
seats are $525/seat for the tournament, an increase
of $25 from last year, but our prices will remain the
same). These seats provide access to the Courtside
Club restaurant. We have two parking passes
available for each session at $10/pass.

Sat 7/31 (qualifying) 10am – $7 (5 left)
Mon 8/2 4pm – $36 (4 left)

Check the WDCSA website at
www.stanfordclubs.org/dc for current ticket
availability for each session. Please email wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952
indicating the number of tickets desired, the session,
and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests
in the order they are received and confirm availability
by return email and provide instructions for

Stanford at the Opera
Fall 2010
Kennedy Center

Un Ballo en Mascara – Verdi
Wednesday, September 22 @ 7:30 pm

“Ballo” is opera at its grandest, with soaring arias,
gorgeous ensembles, fabulous costumes, and lavish
sets. Salvatore Licitra and Irene Theorin star.
Deadline for ordering is August 20. Tickets will be
mailed week of August 30th.

Salome – Strauss
Wednesday, October 20 @ 7:30 pm

Deborah Voight – leading Salome of her generation
and one the greatest sopranos of the 21st century
makes her WNO debut. Washington’s beloved Heinz
Fricke conducts.
Deadline for ordering is September 20. Tickets will
be mailed week of September 27th.

Prime Orchestra $156.50; 2nd Tier $ 81.50.
For tickets – send a check payable to WDCSA to:
Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington
DC 20010. Contact Betty at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.
All performances are by the Washington National
Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

Stanford In the News

• SLAC and Stanford physicist Shoucheng Zhang was
notified this week that he is one of the 2010
recipients of the Europhysics Prize for his
theoretical prediction of the quantum spin Hall

• Stanford School of Medicine Professor Paul Wise
has taken medical students and undergraduates
with him for more than 30 years to bring health
care to rural Guatemala. Wise, who currently leads
his team in San Lucas Toliman, spoke to a large and
receptive WDCSA audience this past spring.

Housing Postings

• Seven Ride Against AIDS student bikers are looking
for DC/Baltimore housing hosts from August 6-9.
Five of the riders are rising sophomores and
athletes at Stanford University, one is a rising
senior at the University of Wyoming and one is a
recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University.
They will be biking from Palo Alto to Boston over
the course of 67 days, following a Northern route,
and they are all excited to meet people around the
country and complete the physical challenge of a
lifetime. To learn more about the ride, the riders
or read their blog, go to www.faceaids.org/raa.

The Ride Against AIDS team is committed to
raising funds for the FACE AIDS programs in
Rwanda and spreading awareness about AIDS
across the United States. The Ride Against AIDS is
a creative and powerful way for these exceptional
students to engage in service and demonstrate
their passion for making a difference in the AIDS

Housing host responsibilities include providing a
place to sleep (beds are great but not mandatory),
dinner and breakfast the next day. A pool is nice
should they have any time to relax..but again totally
not mandatory (they are camping out in a backyard
in Delta Utah… these kids are tough). Access to a
washing machine is very desirable as they are
supposed to wash their cycling shirts each day to
remove the salt to limit chafing etc.

Contact Melanie Trifilo at mtrifilo@stanford.edu for more information.

• Beautifully appointed 4 bedroom/3 bath home
rental available at discounted rate to Stanford
alumni and their affiliates. Available furnished at
$3,500 per month on a nightly, monthly, or yearly
basis. (Non-furnished available as well.) Rental can
be for whole home, or just for a suite with
adjoining full bath and use of living/dining rooms,
laundry room, den and kitchen. Conveniently
located in Potomac, MD close to 495 & 270, with
quick & easy access to DC and VA. Public
transportation is also available via bus and metro.
For further inquiry, please contact Vered
Sharon ’91 at 240-620-7706 or via email at

• Hi there! My name is Rachel and I graduated from
Stanford in 2009 with two degrees in the Earth
Systems program. After a year of following suit
along with many of my peers in the economic
downturn, I have finally found a foothold in a
conservation organization in DC! As such, I am
frantically searching for a place to live during my
six-week internship (which will hopefully provide
opportunities to make connections and find longerterm
This is where you come in. If you, or someone you
know and trust, is looking for a housemate, sublet,
or house-sitter that fits into the budget of a lowly
intern, please feel free to contact me! As of now, I
am looking for short-term, month of August and/or
part of September.
Thank you for your help.
Rachel Friedman
RFriedman16@stanfordalumni.org 425-894-8866

• My name is Shaun Phillips and I’m a 25 year old
Stanford alum (social class of 2007, graduated
2008) with a degree in Psychology. I just moved to
D.C. from California and I’m the new Washington
D.C. rep for Tesla Motors, which means I drive the
Roadster around this area doing special events,
government contacts, business development and

I was a student-athlete at Stanford (swimming),
though I’m retired now and spend most of my time
working, I have travelled extensively (15
countries), grew up in the south, so generally well

mannered, and am also a recent convert to
vegetarianism (my 16 year old brother convinced
me it was the right thing to do), so I’m an eclectic
mix of southern and CA cultures.
I am recently single and looking for a cool
roommate that I can see building a strong
friendship with, and though I’m straight, some of
my best friends are not, so I’m accepting of all

I lived in Branner/Mirrielees/Suites/Suites on The
Farm and miss it dearly, but look forward to
connecting with local alums, perhaps finding a
roommate or at least some friends, and sooner or
later finding my way onto a Stanford alumni
softball/kickball/anything team and bringing some
Stanford Swimming power to the lineup!

I can be reached at 650-681-5638
or sphillips@teslamotors.com for housing/
roommate/friendship/sports etc.

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